Ever heard of a rain bomb? It’s when the air hits the ground at such force that it creates tornado strength winds. A rain bomb fell in Tucson Arizona and dropped 2 inches of rain in just half an hour. Falling trees knocked over power lines and caused 20,000 people to lose power.
How do they work? When a thunderstorm hits hot, dry air, that air is is sucked into the storm, and the air temperature gets suddenly colder. That colder air can then drop quickly and bring massive amounts of rain with it.
What does this mean for us? Climate change is causing warmer and wetter weather conditions. That means these storms are only going to get more intense and we’ll have to worry about more than just the patio furniture. These are #ClimateFacts, share widely.